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10 Ways to Save the Bees

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6.  Genetically Modified Crops:
Some genetically modified (GM) crops produce the natural insecticide Bt toxin, which in theory could affect bees. Although this is probably not a significant reason for bee loss, it underlies the ideas that all ecosystems are interconnected and that man cannot hope to manipulate all the factors.

7. Electromagnetic Radiation:
Again this is not likely to be a major contributor to bee colony collapse but could be a minor one. A study at Kerala India by the Research Lab of Zoology showed that when active mobile phones were kept inside beehives, worker bees stopped coming to the hives after 10 days. The same study also found drastic decrease in the egg production of queen bees in these colonies. This topic is again something we are getting more familiar with.  The apple iPhone 4 comes with a warning not to hold it closer than 5/8 inch away from your body.

8.  Loss of Habitat:
This factor is closely related to poor nutrition already mentioned. There is not enough unused land to supply the variety of wild flowers, etc, which bees thrive on.

Bee Trivia

  • Albert Einstein did NOT say “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left.”
  • Bees have been on earth about three times longer than the Rocky Mountains – about 150 million years.
  • The queen bee lays from 1,000 to 3,000 eggs per day and eats 80 times her own weight in food.
  • Bees have five eyes, can see ultraviolet and can detect movement six times faster than man.

What To Do?

Conservationists are hopeful that restoring balance to the diet and habitat of bees can improve their well being and prevent total colony collapse. Here’s hoping.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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7:30AM PDT on Sep 25, 2014

Too funny - I just got done reading this article which describes how we should stop eating honey because overconsumption of honey is killing bees - http://www.care2.com/greenliving/3-reasons-to-stop-eating-honey.html#comment-6764667

Then the next article I click on encourages us to eat honey - 10 Reason why Honey is good for us and we should be eating honey.

5:19PM PDT on Mar 13, 2014

Thanks for the info.

7:03AM PDT on Jun 29, 2013

The article mentions mason bees... http://www.crownbees.com has mason bees raised from both sides of the US, available between December and March. We also have the leafcutter bee which is perfect for gardens.

10:13AM PDT on Jun 28, 2013

Thanks!

2:36PM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

Great article,thanks for sharing

8:18AM PST on Jan 19, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

8:21AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Informative! Bees are a necessity, part of Nature's plan--we need this lovely insect for so many things in our lives!

5:26PM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

thanks everyone. Avaaz recently started a great petition to save the bees. These people really do affect change.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/bayer_save_the_bees_db/?tta

11:22AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Thanks for the info.

2:30PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

Bees are vital to us if we wish to continue to enjoy such a variety of fruits to help us stay healthy!

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